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Robert W. Smith
With more than 400 publications to his name, Mr. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today. His compositions and arrangements have been enjoyed at numerous high-profile venues, from opening day at Dodger Stadium to the Olympic Games. A conductor and clinician, Mr. Smith has also performed across the United States and in Australia, Austria, Canada, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Susan L. Smith
An experienced educator at all levels, Ms. Smith led award-winning ensembles during her tenure in the Virginia public school system. She has also taught privately and was an adjunct professor of music at Troy State University in Alabama. In addition to her affiliations with The National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Florida Music Educators Association, she is vice president and general manager of Ariana Productions Inc., which specializes in music for all forms of media. She is sought-after as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator across the country.

Michael Story
Michael Story has written extensively for college, high school, junior high school, elementary school bands, and professional groups, including the Houston Pops Orchestra. A versatile writer, he is especially well-known for focusing on the needs of young and developing musicians. Mr. Story holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in music education from the University of Houston, where he has served as an assistant band director.

Garland E. Markham
Mr. Markham is supervisor of music for the Cobb County, Georgia Public Schools and the former director of bands at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience in music education and serves nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. Mr. Markham earned his bachelor of science degree from Mansfield State University, a master of education degree from Penn State University and, a Ph.D. (ABD) in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University.

Richard C. Crain
With more than 46 years of experience in music education, Richard C. Crain has taught at all levels of public music education and served for 21 years as director of music for the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Mr. Crain is a past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association and the coordinator for the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana for Bands of America. He was appointed in 1991 to the board of directors of the Midwest Clinic, which is held annually in Chicago, Illinois.

Linda J. Gammon, Contributor
A native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Linda J. Gammon earned her bachelor of science degree in music education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts in conducting from George Mason University, where she studied with Anthony Maiello. Ms. Gammon is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator across the United States and Canada. She has served as director of the middle school band and as music department chairman at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia for 12 years and is co-founder and co-director of the Robinson-Frost Summer Band Camp.

James Campbell, Contributor
A respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble and a sought-after performer, teacher, composer and author, James Campbell is professor of music and director of percussion studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He is also principal percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic and served as President of the Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.). Mr. Campbell earned a bachelorís and a masterís degree in music education from Northern Illinois University.

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